Memorial nearing Completion

Garner Cleveland RecordGarner-Cleveland Record
Tuesday, Mar. 05, 2013

BY KYLE JAHNER – kjahner@newsobserver.com

A Vietnam veterans’ support group has purchased a bench, and dozens of people have purchased bricks since a donor vowed to match money raised. So the Garner Veterans Memorial at Lake Benson Park has crept closer to its fundraising goal as the memorial itself nears completion.

Garner Friends of Vietnam Veterans purchased a bench to be dedicated to the Southeast Asian conflict of the 1960s and early ’70s. Meanwhile, more bricks selling for $200 and $125, depending on size, have been purchased, all while workers continue building the $500,000 memorial.

The large rust-colored, flake-surface panels have been sunk into the ground, as have many of the concrete, 7-shaped benches, as the project moves toward completion and dedication in the spring.

The town has announced that the public dedication of the memorial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 4. In addition, the Rand’s Mill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Town of Garner will host a wreath-laying ceremony the night before at 7.

Most of a $30,000 offer to match brick sales has been met. Since the anonymous donor issued the challenge, $24,250 in bricks have sold, meaning the memorial has climbed nearly $50,000 closer to its fundraising goal thanks to the matching funds. Selling another 46 of the $125, 4-by-8 inch bricks would complete the match.

If the remaining matching donations are met, it will leave the memorial about $25,000 short of its cost, according to Faye Gardner, vice president of the Garner Veterans Memorial Committee

To date, 11 of the 18 benches – at $1,500 each – have been sold.

The committee has said it would take out a loan to complete the project if necessary. In any case, it intends to continue selling bricks after the dedication.

Jahner: 919-829-4822

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